Wednesday, October 10, 2018

QR-based Metro tickets in Bengaluru

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BENGALURU: shortly, all you'll have to be compelled to board a Namma railroad train is your smartphone.
BMRCL is functioning on a thought to introduce QR-based tickets which can permit railroad users to shop for tickets through a mobile app by choosing origin, destination and range of passengers. The app can show the QR code, that can be broached at the QR-enabled Automatic Fare assortment (AFC) gates at railroad stations. Once operational, the commuters can now not have to be compelled to carry the plastic smartcards and wait in long queues for single-return tickets, tokens and top-ups.
“We’ll upgrade the present system in but a year. this can facilitate passengers purchase tickets through smartphones,” aforementioned BMRCL MD Ajay Seth.
He aforementioned the AFC gates at the stations of the railroad comes that were introduced before 2015 have a closed system that do not settle for QR tickets. “It’s not financially possible to vary all the present AFC gates thus we’re considering creating some package changes to create them QR-code enabled,” he added.
In Delhi railroad, he said, the mobile ticketing facility has been provided solely within the aerodrome line.
Stations underneath section a pair of project can have advanced AFC gates that settle for QR-code tickets still as open-loop cards. “We’ll shortly finalise the tender to upgrade the present AFC gates and additionally to produce advanced gates for section a pair of,” he said.
The railroad rail firms in Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai have already affianced with digital wallets like Paytm and Ridlr that facilitate commuters pass the AFC gates victimization their mobile phones.
Common quality card still on paper
Bengalureans’ dream of getting a standard quality card for varied transport modes can stay on paper for a few time. whereas BMTC is anticipated to launch a replacement semi closed-loop cards for passengers by the top of Nov once the sooner Axis Bank open-loop cards (which additionally facilitate cashless travel) induced a poor response from passengers because of cumbersome procedures and lack of awareness. Open-loop cards square measure universal and might be accustomed search and get hold of parking, and might be integrated with different modes of transport like railroad, taxis or autos. whereas closed-loop cards, just like the ones utilized in Namma railroad, can’t be used for different functions.
The new semi closed-loop cards also will add railroad, provided BMRCL shares their inscription and security keys with BMTC. However, BMRCL has not older the BMTC to this point. BMRCL officers aforementioned they're currently creating modifications within the existing AFC gates to just accept open-loop cards still.

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